Robert Haw, Pasadena Star-News, 07/17/2013
Checking the facts of a global warming skeptic
The columnist Charles Krauthammer spammed scores of newspapers last week (July 6), including yours, with his commentary on President Obama’s new climate policy. Not to make too fine a point of it, but a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. There’s much more to Earth than just its atmosphere, and Earth overall continues to warm because of fossil fuel burning. You can read all about the Washington Post’s declining to fact-check columnists at thinkprogress.org.
Moreover there was no call for his ad hominem attack on the president, other than to pander to a base that relishes such fights. It is part of the historical record that Flat Earth Societies existed and that they were (and are) just plain wrong. The president is acting upon the guidance and advice of the best scientists in the country. His statements regarding climate are based on objective evidence and are demonstrably not mis-guided.
However it seems probable that the columnist is most bothered with the purported affect of additional regulations on the economy, as if climate is irrelevant. He mentions coal. Why is anyone other than a coal lobbyist defending coal as an energy source in the 21st century? Many alternative clean, safe energy sources exist, and all of them provide three to four times more jobs for local economies than does coal-mining. That’s good for people and good for the economy! To paraphrase a great author living just after the heyday of the Flat Earthers: “Me thinks the gentleman protests too much.”